SPOILERS for Suicide Squad follow. Do not read further if you don’t want to be spoiled on a major character death!
It almost seemed like they’d all make it out. The Suicide Squad, finally working together as a real team, confront the monstrous Incubus and Enchantress, ready to stop the demon and witch and save the world. Incubus is proving too much for them, however, until El Diablo decides enough is enough and transforms into a veritable fire god, probably calling on the Aztec god Xiuhtecuhtli. He goes out in a literal blaze of glory, taking down Incubus in the process. As it turns out, that may have been part of the much ballyhooed reshoots for the film.
“It was interesting, because there were some changes that happened later on,” actor Jay Hernandez revealed to Comicbook.com, “I didn’t know that’s how the end was going to happen, early on. For me, it was important to make it good, make it impressive, and go out in a blaze of glory. Ultimately, I think it worked to give it some meaning, some emotional weight to the end of the story.”
Of course, this is a comic book movie, and Hernandez remains hopeful that he could return should a sequel to Suicide Squad get made.
“Of course there is [a chance he could return]! I’m not saying anything, just that it’s a possibility,” he said with a smile.
Interestingly, though, the climactic battle wasn’t his hardest shoot. Hernandez said that the bar scene, in which Diablo’s tragic backstory gets laid out on the table and the Squad truly comes together for the first time, was the most difficult.
“It was the scene I was most focused on. I wanted to make sure, because a lot of the story hinges on that moment,” he said. “It’s the moment the Squad is sort of galvanized. Before that, it’s a bunch of just random people and everybody has their own goal and direction, they hate each other, some are plotting to kill each other. After that, they sit down and they realize this is it, this is their shot or not, and they decide to do the honorable thing. I think part of why that happens is the opening up of Diablo, who has been closed off for the whole movie up to that point. It was a pivotal moment, and a really important scene for me.”
Suicide Squad is in theaters now. Check out the full interview above for more from Hernandez on his character.
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